March 29, 2009 - The winning Rube Goldberg machineA team of University of Illinois students organized by ME senior Mickey Mangan captured second place at this year's national Rube Goldberg Machine Contest, held at Purdue University on March 28.
March 25, 2009 - Gustavo Gioia, left, professor of mechanical science and engineering; Pinaki Chakraborty, a postdoctoral researcher; and Susan Kieffer, a professor of geology, have found the origins of "volcanic mesocyclones." | Photo by L.
March 25, 2009 - Concrete crushing at the Engineering Open HouseApproximately 20,000 visitors attended the University of Illinois' annual Engineering Open House in mid-March. The two-day event featured exhibits, demonstrations and hands-on experiments for all age groups.
March 19, 2009 - On March 16, several ME seniors visited Milwaukee Electric Tool Corp. headquarters in Brookfield, Wisconsin. The company, which manufactures portable heavy duty electric drills, grinders, hammers, saws, routers, wrenches and other tools, is currently sponsoring two senior design team projects in MechSE.
March 12, 2009 - William KingA research paper by Associate Professor William King and collaborators at the University of Rhode Island was featured this March on the cover of the journal Nanotechnology.
March 8, 2009 - Don Robins (BSME 1960) is this year's recipient of SAE International's Bill Agnew Award for Outstanding AWIM® Volunteers. The award recognizes volunteers in SAE International's A World in Motion® (AWIM) program who motivate the next generation to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and math by bringing their experiences into an AWIM classroom.
March 5, 2009 - Peter SofronisPetros Sofronis, professor and associate head for engineering mechanics programs at MechSE, was selected to receive the University of Illinois' Campus Award for Excellence in Graduate and Professional Teaching. The award recognizes sustained excellence, positive impacts on learning, innovative approaches and other contributions to improve graduate or professional instruction.
March 3, 2009 - Professor Armand Beaudoin has been named the recipient of the 2009 BP Award for Innovation in Undergraduate Instruction. The award recognizes innovative approaches to undergraduate engineering and science education-particularly innovative teaching methods and instructional programs that motivate students to learn and appreciate engineering.
March 3, 2009 - On March 13 and 14, MechSE students will help host the University of Illinois' annual Engineering Open House. The two-day event, which features exhibits, demonstrations and hands-on experiments for all age groups, has been a part of the College of Engineering for more than a century and typically draws approximately 20,000 visitors.
February 28, 2009 - William KingWilliam King was one of four associate professors selected by the College of Engineering to receive a 2009 Xerox Award for Faculty Research.
February 16, 2009 - Professors Jimmy Hsia and Jonathan FreundProfessors Jonathan Freund and Jimmy Hsia were elected to the Academic Senate at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
February 10, 2009 - Debasish DuttaDebasish (Deba) Dutta joined Illinois in 2009 as dean of the Graduate College and associate provost. He also holds an appointment in MechSE as the Edward William and Jane Marr Gutsell Professor in the Department of Mechanical Science and Engineering. A scholar-in-residence at the National Academy of Engineering, Dutta leads a national study on the lifelong learning needs of working professionals in the engineering and science fields.
February 8, 2009 - Professor William KingProfessor William King, an associate professor and Kritzer Faculty Scholar at MechSE, and collaborators at the University of Rhode Island have developed a simple batch fabrication process for making 100 nanometer scale heater/thermometers at reasonably low cost.They described their novel fabrication process, which uses contact photolithography and controlled anneal conditio
February 1, 2009 - ME seniors Laura Fierce and Miguel Guerra were selected to be 2009 Knights of St. Patrick, the highest honor an engineering student can receive at Illinois. Selection is based on leadership, excellence in character, and exceptional contributions to the College of Engineering and its students. Nine individuals were chosen as members of the 2009 class. More information on the Knights' honor can be found at http://ksp.ec.uiuc.edu
January 29, 2009 - Two Illinois professors (MechSE professor William King and Rashid Bashir, Bliss Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering as well as the Department of Bioengineering) are part of an elite team of award-winning biochemists, electrochemists, materials scientists and microsystems experts that will help Advanced Diamond Technologies, Inc. (ADT) develop miniature diamond-based sensors for the real-time detection of water-based chemical and biological agents.
January 27, 2009 - Professor D. Scott StewartMechSE Professor D. Scott Stewart was invested as the Shao Lee Soo Professor in Mechanical Science and Engineering. Professor Stewart has made significant contributions to theoretical and computational combustion science and detonation theory that have provided answers to fundamental questions in stability theory and detonation front dynamics.
January 21, 2009 - Ben Blaiszik, a graduate student in Theoretical and Applied Mechanics at MechSE, was selected as one of eight finalists for the $30,000 Lemelson-Illinois Student Prize. The prize is an extension of the $30,000 Lemelson-MIT Student Prize, which has recognized outstanding student inventors at MIT since 1995.
January 19, 2009 - Professor Pratap VankaProfessor Pratap Vanka gave the Bhatnagar Memorial Lecture at the Indian Society of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics 2008 Annual Conference, which was held at Osmania University in Hyderabad, India. The lecture award is named after the distinguished physicist/mathematician, P. L. Bhatnagar, developer of the Bhatnagar-Gross-Krook (BGK) model widely used in Lattice Boltzmann Method.
January 19, 2009 - Professor Dimitros KyritsisThe Society of Automotive Engineers has selected Associate Professor Dimitrios Kyritsis to receive the 2009 Ralph R. Teetor Educational Award. The award recognizes younger educators who are successfully preparing engineers to successfully meet the challenges that face society.
January 19, 2009 - Professor Nicholas FangAssistant Professor Nicholas Fang has received a National Science Foundation Career Program award to integrate research and education in the area of nano ionic manufacturing. The NSF Career Program supports early career development activities of teacher-scholars who most effectively integrate research and education activities.